SONORA – An early drive to Sonora is never bad, when the return trip includes an 8-4 Valley Oak League win over the Wildcats. That was the case in East Union's league win over Sonora Saturday.
Manteca High pitcher and leadoff hitter Matt Barber made good on only half of his promise to coach Gene Ballardo Friday.
Jonathan Davis sheered a 5-0 Oakdale High lead to 5-2 with a towering home run down the right field line in the fourth inning, but the Mustangs would answer with three more and held Sierra quiet in an 8-2 Valley Oak League sweep Friday.
OAKDALE – Oakdale High standout Brianna Parker gave one of her more impressive showings of the season, outdueling Sierra starter Gabby Hawkins in a well-played 1-0 Valley Oak League win over the Timberwolves Friday at Oakdale High.
Sophomore Steven Gigli went 3 for 4 with a double, two RBIs and three steals to lead East Union High's baseball team to an 8-4 victory over visiting Lathrop Friday.
East Union's boys and girls track and field teams both moved to 4-2 in Valley Oak League duals after getting past rival Manteca in a make-up meet at home Friday.
Sierra High's sophomore baseball team recovered from a blowout loss to Oakdale Thursday to hand the Valley Oak League's top club its first loss with a 10-9 victory in eight innings Friday at home.
Manteca High's girls soccer ended its playoff drought by beating visiting Sonora 1-0 Thursday.
Manteca High's boys tennis team took some big graduation hits over the last two years.
Jackie Ketner has always been one to rely on her defense to make plays, and her defense came through for the final out of Thursday's Valley Oak League contest with Lathrop at Northgate Softball Complex.
After leading the East Union Lancers to their fourth straight Valley Oak League championship and 10th consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth, head coach Jim Agostini will get to take a curtain call when he guides one of the squads in the 15th Annual Six-County All-Star Game.
It was more than just the final match of a long Valley Oak League season, it was the final tune-up for both Sierra and Manteca high's going into Tuesday's VOL Championships at Greenhorn Creek in Angels Camp.
OAKDALE – The Sierra Timberwolves could have folded after falling behind early, but they hung tough and battled, falling to the Oakdale Mustangs 7-2 in Valley Oak League play Thursday.
LATHROP – After four attempts at getting in their makeup game, East Union and Lathrop finally met up and it was all Lancers in their 14-4 Valley Oak League sophomore softball win over the Spartans Thursday.
Usually when the Valley Oak League season ends and Sierra and Oakdale high's track and field programs prepare to do battle there is something worthwhile at stake. Nothing changed with this year's regular season finale, as Sierra was able to outshine Oakdale on three of the four levels of competition taking a trio of VOL championships Wednesday.
RIPON - Ripon Christian is still queen of Southern League volleyball.
Southern League champion Ripon Christian capped regular-season action Thursday with a 2-1 win over visiting Gustine. The victory is the seventh straight for the Knights (12-1-1 SL, 19-4-1 overall).
East Union was officially eliminated from the playoff race Thursday when second-place Central Catholic visited and won the Valley Oak League match, 25-16, 17-25, 25-23, 25-21.
Back in August, as teams across the Central Valley prepared for tournaments and non-league games, Victor Polanco kept his team at home.
STOCKTON - Francisco Cisneros is a member of a club few coaches get to join: Club Perfect.
RIPON - The Ripon boys water polo team had shredded Valley Oak League competition leading up to Wednesday's Valley Oak League finale against Sonora, winning each contest by no less than seven goals.
Help is on the way for East Union and Weston Ranch, and just in time for their Week-9 Valley Oak League tussle at Dino Cunial Field.
Ripon can forget about that over-the-top pre-league schedule that led to its 1-4 start.
Mahir Pepic asked Manteca High head coach Rick Cuevas to bark out his time while nearing the 2-mile mark at the Eagal Lakes Resort 3.1-mile course.
Ripon showed no drop off with reserves getting ample playing time in Wednesday's three-game rout (25-11, 25-15, 25-12) of visiting Modesto Christian.
STOCKTON - The Weston Ranch volleyball team is hitting its stride.
East Union plans to throw it back to the 1970s, when losses were hard to come by and names like Herrera and Taylor were still at the forefront of the football program.
Manteca held its own against Central Catholic and nearly forced a fifth set in a 25-19, 13-25, 21-25, 24-26 Valley Oak League loss Tuesday in Modesto.
Ripon Christian secured the outright claim to the Southern League championship with Tuesday's 2-0 victory at Denair.
Vista del Lago and Christian Brothers players took turns taking pictures with their prizes on the 18th green at Manteca Park Golf Course.